Journalists slam Biden for having military behind him in ‘political speech’

CNN and CBS reporters harshly criticized President Joe Biden for backing the US military as he delivered a political speech demonizing MAGA Republicans as a dark threat to US democracy.

“Whatever you think of this speech, the army is supposed to be apolitical. Positioning uniformed Marines behind President Biden for a political speech goes against that. It’s wrong when Democrats do it. It’s wrong when Republicans do it,” tweeted CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Tom Nichols of Atlantic agreed with Keilar, taking his side in response to someone challenging his views on presidents using the military as backdrops by posting a photo of Reagan giving a speech to members of the military.

“Military in the background of a speech, especially in the audience, is not the same as putting Marines behind the president. But thank you for proving that bigoted behavior can be found even beyond the MAGA world,” Nichols replied.

“It’s possible to agree with everything Biden has said and still disagree with using the Marines as a backdrop for political speech,” Keilar told critics.

CNN Chief National Affairs Correspondent Jeff Zeleny joined Keilar in his critique of the speech, which had the president as a blood-red backdrop in an image reminiscent of George Orwell. 1984.

“There’s nothing unusual or wrong about a president giving a political speech – it’s inherent in the job description – but doing it against the backdrop of two Marines standing at attention and of the Marine Band is a break from the traditions of the White House,” Zeleny tweeted.

Zeleny’s tweet sparked a fierce backlash from hardcore anti-Trumpers like Jennifer Rubin.

“Sorry. It’s not an RNC convention at the WH…if it’s the new CNN, count me in,” Rubin replied.

CBS News Senior White House & Political Correspondent Ed O’Keefe agreed that the president’s use of the military was a bridge too far into political discourse.

“Love or hate what he said tonight, it bears noting: the president spoke tonight on the grounds of a national park, flanked by U.S. Marines, and took direct and specific aim at his predecessor and members of the Republican Party. Another thing we don’t see everyday,” O’Keefe tweeted.

Dan Lamothe of the Washington Post thought the president shouldn’t have employed the military for such a speech, saying it went against his promise to “get back to normal”.

“Most civilian and military experts have worried for years about an erosion of standards in how the military is injected into politics by top leadership. Trump has objectively castigated these standards in an alarming way. Biden is committed to getting back to something better,” Lamothe tweeted.


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